Affordable Care Act

Just Days Left To Sign Up For Marketplace Insurance

Feb 9, 2015
M. Kuhlman / Indiana News Service

The deadline is rapidly approaching to sign up for a Marketplace insurance plan.

Feb. 15 is the last day for enrollment for 2015 coverage.

Cara James, director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with the Department of Health and Human Services, says more than 174,000 Hoosiers have signed up so far at healthcare.gov, and the majority have received financial assistance.

Repealing The Affordable Care Act Could Eliminate HIP 2.0

Feb 4, 2015
Healthy Indiana Plan / http://www.in.gov/fssa/hip/

Indiana’s Republican congressional delegation is expected to vote this week in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act — only a week after applauding federal approval of HIP 2.0.

A repeal of President Obama’s signature health care law could have consequences for Indiana’s recent expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan.

“Technically speaking, if the Affordable Care Act were to be repealed, then the federal funding for HIP 2.0 would go away with it,” Seth Freedman, associate professor at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs says.

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The new Republican Congress will be sworn in Tuesday, and a Hoosier-authored change to the federal health care law will be the first agenda item.   

The House plans to vote Thursday on a bill to roll back the health care law‘s redefinition of full-time work as 30 hours a week.

Indiana Congressman Todd Young (R-9th) is co-authoring the bill for a second straight Congress. He estimates the change would cost part-time workers $75 billion in lost earnings.

https://www.healthcare.gov/

The estimated 600,000 people in Indiana without health-care coverage have an opportunity to shop for plans when the Indiana Health Insurance Marketplace opens for business on Saturday. It's the second enrollment period for the marketplace, created as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Kathleen Falk, regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services, said residents have many more options because the number of insurers for 2015 has jumped from four to nine.

Doctor Licensing Plan Could Help Rural Indiana

Sep 25, 2014
National Cancer Institute / http://www.cancer.gov/

A new plan to allow multi-state licensing for physicians could help fill the gap in areas of Indiana without enough health-care services. If at least seven state legislatures agree to what's known as a multi-state compact, a licensed doctor could easily get permission to practice medicine in any of the compact states.

Kevin Bohnenblust, executive director of the Wyoming State Board of Medicine, helped design the multi-state system and said the compact would be especially useful for bringing specialists from a big city to a rural area with a small number of patients.

Healthcare.gov

Governor Mike Pence says he stands by his decision not to operate a state-run health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. 

Two federal appeals courts Tuesday ruled on cases involving insurance subsidies in the Affordable Care Act.  A Washington D.C. circuit court ruled that the federal government cannot provide subsidies for more than four million Americans—including more than 100,000 Hoosiers-- who purchased insurance through federally-run healthcare exchanges. 

Just a few hours later, an appeals court in Virginia ruled in favor of the Obama administration. 

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Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) wants the Affordable Care Act to be an election issue next year. He’s pushing for a delay in the individual enrollment mandate, which has a March 31st deadline and carries tax penalties for not signing up for health insurance.

Coats thinks the more exposure Americans have to the law, the less they like it.

An Indiana House Democrat says Governor Pence and Attorney General Zoeller have to back down from the state’s lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. 

That provision of the ACA requires employers with 50 or more employees who work at least 30 hours a week to provide health insurance or pay fines.  Fifteen Indiana school corporations joined the state in filing a lawsuit against the IRS and other federal agencies.  The suit says the employer mandate shouldn’t apply to state governments and public school corporations.

Governor Mike Pence expressed frustration with the federal government shutdown Friday, calling on the president and congressional leaders to find common ground. 

Earlier this week, Pence made remarks that seemingly indicated he thought the government shutdown was worthwhile.  On Friday, the governor said he was speaking broadly about efforts to repeal or delay the Affordable Care Act and that he’s disappointed in the shutdown.  He also called out the Obama administration, saying the president needs to take the lead in working out a deal in Congress. 

A federal health insurance marketplace – a major portion of the Affordable Care Act – is about to become available to Hoosiers.  The state is working to prepare its citizens for the start of the enrollment period, which is October 1.

Uninsured Hoosiers and those who pay for their own coverage, not through their employer, will have access to several private insurance options.  And the state has set up a website to help guide residents. 

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